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NEW YORK (WRIC) — If at first you don’t suceed, try, try again.
That’s exactly what a group of co-workers did at a biopharmaceutical company called Ophthotech in Manhattan, New York.
For five years, 16 workers came together week after week to give $4 each into an office lottery pool. The group would buy tickets from a different store each week and one person would be selected to buy multi-state lottery tickets.
Their dedication finally paid off on March 24 when their ticket was a match for the $58 million New York Mega Millions jackpot.
Ophthotec’s chief operating officer Evelyn Harrison, said the group found it hard to believe.
“There was a lot of buzz around the office. … We went from one person’s computer to another’s checking each person’s scan of the ticket because we wanted to be absolutely sure,” Harrison told ABC station WABC-TV in New York. “Once we were convinced, we sent an email to everyone else to tell them to check out the winning numbers for themselves.”
The winning numbers: 2 23 32 45 55 and the Gold Mega Ball 12.
The group said they plan to split the cash evenly, giving each of them about $1.65 million after taxes. Some plan to pay off mortgages, while others plan to invest the money.
The winning ticket was purchased in the same building where the group works, just feet away from Penn Station.
“It’s been a very intense ride,” fellow Lucky 16 winner Matthew Jung said.